If you have an opioid addiction and want to detox without taking time away from home or work, Suboxone® may be the perfect option. Anthony Eaton, MD, at Eaton Medical Associates in Methuen, Massachusetts, has extensive experience helping patients overcome their opioid addiction with Suboxone. When you take Suboxone, you don’t need to worry about withdrawal symptoms, and you can treat yourself at home while under the close supervision of Dr. Eaton. To learn more about Suboxone, call or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Eaton prescribes Suboxone to help patients detox and recover from opioid addiction for two key reasons:
You receive your first dose of Suboxone in the office, and then take Suboxone at home. This gives you the ability to safely detox while also continuing to work and stay near your family.
Suboxone contains two medications called buprenorphine and naloxone. When working together, these drugs block the effects of other opioids, prevent withdrawal symptoms, and eliminate your cravings.
Dr. Eaton may prescribe Suboxone through your detox and then switch to another medication to support your recovery. Or he may recommend that you stay on a maintenance dose of Suboxone after your detox.
Your Suboxone treatment begins when you reach the early stage of withdrawal. Though this could happen within a few hours after your last dose of opioids, different types of opioids stay in your system longer. Dr. Eaton determines the best time to start Suboxone based on the type and amount of opioids you take.
You take your first dose in the office, so Dr. Eaton can monitor your withdrawal and change your dose if needed. Then you take daily doses of Suboxone at home. At first, Dr. Eaton schedules weekly visits. As your detox progresses, you may only need monthly follow-up appointments.
After you finish detoxing, Dr. Eaton adjusts your Suboxone dose, and you can continue taking the maintenance dose to keep cravings away.
When you and Dr. Eaton determine you’re ready to stop taking Suboxone, he slowly reduces your dose. This slow taper prevents withdrawal symptoms from returning. Once you stop taking Suboxone, you can call Dr. Eaton any time cravings or signs of withdrawal return. If necessary, he can prescribe more Suboxone to ensure you stick with your recovery program.
You will also receive therapy while you take Suboxone. Combining therapy with medication gives you the best chance for a successful and long-lasting recovery.
Suboxone normalizes your brain chemistry and supports a safe detox, but it doesn’t help you identify the emotions, habits, and circumstances that tempt you to use opioids. With therapy, you learn new behaviors and skills that give you the strength to resist opioids as you face new challenges in your life.
To learn more about Suboxone and how it can help you detox from opioids, call Eaton Medical Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.